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European Judicial Network in criminal matters (EJN)

The purpose of the European Judicial Network (EJN) in criminal matters is to facilitate judicial cooperation, in particular in the fight against transnational crime. It originated in a Joint Action adopted by the Council on 29 June 1998, which was replaced by a Council decision of 16 December 2008.

The judicial network is made up of contact points designed to enable EU countries' judicial and other competent authorities to establish direct contacts between each other. These contact points also provide the legal and practical information necessary for the authorities concerned to prepare an effective request for judicial cooperation.

The EJN's secretariat is based in the Hague. It enjoys a privileged relationship with Eurojust that is based on consultation and complementarity.

There is also a European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters (EJN-civil), established by a Council decision of 28 May 2001 and based on the network in criminal matters.